Statistics
Drexel Hill Top 3 Fire Officers Through February 2014 
350 Total Emergencies
1. Deputy Chief Mike Morgan
278
2. Captain Dave Stevenson Jr. 
159
3.  Fire Police Captain Paul Blanford
119
 
Drexel Hill Top 10 Firefighters Through February 2014 
350 Total Emergencies
1. Chris Yashin 
149

2. Kevin Morgan 

148

3. Fran Paolone

145
4.  Steve Castellano Sr.  
137

5. Brad Penn 

117

6. Matt Cavalier

114

7. Tom Manley 

108

8. Dan Falkenstein

103

9. Troy Brown

97

10. Vince Procopio

90
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3RD WORKING FIRE IN LESS THAN 24 HOURS, THIS TIME IN THE FIRST DUE: 413 BURMONT RD. @ DEMARCO'S RESTAURANT AND BAR
Monday, November 10, 2014 14:41
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After running 2 working fires last night, Company 20 was at it again today. At 2:41 pm Monday afternoon, Companies 20, 74 (Primos-Secane), Engine 26 (Highland Park), Ladder 36 (Cardington-Stonehurst), RIT 37 (Upper Darby), and Medic 103-7 (DCMH) were dispatched to Demarco's Restaurant, 413 Burmont Rd, for a building fire. 20-9 (Chief Hoban) and Engine 20-1 (D/C M. Morgan) arrived to find heavy smoke showing from the first floor of a 2 story row of stores with apartments above. Chief Hoban established command as 20-1's crew stretched an 1 3/4" handline into the restaurant and found heavy fire in the kitchen area. Additional arriving crews forced entry into the rear of the building and began searching and ventilating the apartments above the fire. Crews stretched multiple additional lines and began opening the walls to check for extension, which was negative. The bulk of the fire was knocked down in about ten minutes, but all hands were in service for approximately 35 minutes before the job was placed under control. Engine 20-2 and Ladder 20 also made the response and 20-2 supplied 20-1. An additional Engine from Company 56 (Manoa) was special requested. 8th Dist. Fire Police also assisted on the scene. Company 20 units operated for approximately 90 minutes before going available shortly after 4 pm. Thank you to Engine 09 (Sharon Hill) and Tower 44 (Springfield) for covering Station 20.

 
   
   
SECOND FIRE OF THE NIGHT SENDS RESCUE 20 TO THE EAST END: 183 MARLBOROUGH RD.
Sunday, November 9, 2014 21:25
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A little over 2 hours after clearing the Windermere Ave. fire, RIT/Rescue 20 was dispatched at 9:25 pm for a working house fire at 183 Marlborough Rd. on the east end of the township. Companies 36 (Cardington-Stonehurst), 37 (Upper Darby), 26 (Highland Park), RIT 74 (Primos-Secane), and Medic 103-7 (DCMH) were dispatched minutes prior and arrived to find heavy fire in the rear of a 2-story twin home, involving a shed and deck, with extension into two houses. First-in crews stretched multiple handlines into both dwellings and RIT 74 was immediately put in service on arrival, adding RIT 20 to the assignment. Rescue 20 (Capt. Stevenson) made the response and set up for RIT duties upon arrival. The crew stood-by for about 30 minutes until the fire was placed under control. The Rescue was released a short time later and back in Drexel Hill around 10 pm.

 
   
   
HOUSE FIRE IN HIGHLAND PARK'S LOCAL: 840 WINDERMERE AVE.
Sunday, November 9, 2014 18:02
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At just past 6 pm Sunday evening, Companies 26 (Highland Park) and 20, RIT 74 (Primos-Secane) and Medic 24-7B (DCMH) were dispatched to 840 Windermere Ave. for a "possible working house fire", reported as smoke from a house with fire on the first floor. Engine 26-1 arrived to a 2-story row home with heavy smoke showing from the 1st floor. 26-1 established their own water supply and stretched an 1 3/4" handline into the dwelling. Ladder 20 (Capt. Stevenson) arrived next and assumed first-due truck operations by searching for victims and fire extension, as well as performing ventilation. Engine 20-1 took the rear alley and the crew secured utilities before heading into the basement to check for any fire extension. Engine 20-2 was close behind and assisted interior crews with ventilation and opening up walls and ceilings. The fire was extinguished in about 5 minutes and scaled back to 26-1 and Company 20 a short time later. The job was under control by the first 10 minute mark and 20-9 (Chief Hoban) had command. Traffic 20 and the 8th Dist. Fire Police were also on the scene. Company 20 was available by 7 pm.

 
2ND ALARM EAST END HOUSE FIRE: 6860 RADBOURNE RD.
Conditions on arrival.
   Conditions on arrival.
Thursday, November 6, 2014 02:03
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About 90 minutes after returning from an accident with entrapment, Company 20 was back out the door. Just before 2 am Thursday, Companies 36 (Cardington-Stonehurst), 37 (Upper Darby), 26 (Highland Park), RIT 74 (Primos-Secane), and Medic 103-7 were dispatched to 6860 Radbourne Rd, for a house fire. Engine 36-2 arrived to find a 2 story row home with heavy smoke showing from the front and heavy fire showing from the first floor rear, extending to the second floor and roof. UD-11 (D/C Boyce) took command and immediately requested Ladder 20 to the scene. As Ladder 20 (A/C B. Tully) hit the street, interior crews reported heavy fire extending throughout the home and UD-11 then struck the full 2nd Alarm. This added full Companies 20, 04 (Darby #1), and 34 (Llanerch). Engines 20-1 (Capt. Donohue) and 20-2 were out the door moments later. Upon arrival, Ladder 20 laddered the end of the row and the crew went right to work on the roof, opening up. Engine 20-1 took the "B" exposure and found heavy smoke throughout, so they began ventilating, searching for victims, and opening up walls and ceilings to check for fire extension. Engine 20-2's crew went to the roof to assist the Ladder crew. No extension or victims were found in the exposure dwellings and the fire was placed under control in about 45 minutes. Company 20 units were in service for about 90 minutes, before heading back west. Thanks to Tower 44 (Springfield) for covering Station 20.

 
ACCIDENT WITH ENTRAPMENT: 785 PROVIDENCE RD.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 23:11
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At 11:11 pm Wednesday night, Company 74 (Primos-Secane), Rescue 20, Rescue 26 (Highland Park), and Medic 103-7 were dispatched to 785 Providence Rd, in front of the Hillcrest Apartments, for an accident with entrapment. Engine 74-2 arrived to find a two vehicle accident with one person trapped and stretched a precautionary 1 3/4" handline. Rescue 20 (A/C B. Tully) arrived next and immediately went to work stabilizing the vehicle and using the Hurst JAWS tools to extricate the victim. Rescue 26 assisted with the extrication, which was complete in about 15 minutes. The victim was packaged by medics and transported to a local hospital. Companies were on the scene for about one hour before returning.

 
   
   
END OF RUN YEAR SETS ANOTHER RECORD
Friday, October 31, 2014 
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With another Halloween in the books, so is another run year. Once again, it was a record-setting year for the Drexel Hill Volunteers. From November 1, 2013 through October 31, 2014, Company 20 handled 936 emergencies, our highest total ever. Despite the increase in call volume, our volunteers have remained dedicated to serving you and our surrounding communities with the highest quality fire service and professionalism you deserve. We would like to thank all of our members for sacrificing countless hours training, partaking in fire prevention activities, and most importantly, getting the rigs on the street quickly EVERY SINGLE TIME the bell rings. Of course, we could not do it without the support of our families and ALL OF YOU, the citizens of this wonderful community we are proud to serve. THANK YOU ALL!

 
ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE
Sunday, October 19, 2014 13:00
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The Drexel Hill Fire Company will be hosting it's annual Fire Prevention Open House on Sunday, October 19th, from 1-4 pm. Be sure to come out for FREE food, drinks, games, moon bounces, face painting, entertainment, and much more! The Upper Darby Police Department and Delaware County 911 Center's Mobile Command Unit will also be on hand. You will be able to meet your local volunteer firefighters, get an up-close and personal look at our equipment, and get some invaluable safety tips to help keep your home and family safe. Did we mention it's all FREE?! Mark your calendars and we hope to see you there!

 
FIRST DUE BASEMENT FIRE: 289 CHESWOLD RD.
Friday, October 17, 2014 22:47
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At 10:47 pm Friday night, Companies 20, 74 (Primos-Secane), Squirt 36 (Cardington-Stonehurst), RIT 37 (Upper Darby), and Medic 103-7 (DCMH) were dispatched to the rear of 3998 Marshall Rd, possibly on the 200-blk of Cheswold Rd, for a house fire. As Engine 20-1 (D/C M. Morgan) went responding, they had smoke already visible in the area of the Station, and Fireboard advised that police were on location at 289 Cheswold Rd. reporting smoke showing. 20-1 arrived to a 2 story twin dwelling with heavy smoke showing from the first floor and fire showing in the basement. 20-9 (Chief Hoban) arrived and established command as 20-1 established a water supply and began stretching an 1 3/4" handline into the dwelling. Engine 20-2 (Lieut. Rapp) was next in and immediately began assisting 20-1's crew with the push into the basement. Engine crews made short work of the fire as Ladder 20's crew began searching and ventilating the floors above. The fire was placed under control in about 15 minutes and scaled back to Company 20 and Tower 74 a short time later. Crews remained on scene for over 2 hours, performing extensive overhaul and assisting Upper Darby Police Department with the investigation. Rescue 20 also made the response. 8th Dist. Fire Police assisted at the scene.

 
AUDIO - 289 Cheswold Rd.
   
   
2ND ALARM IN CLIFTON HEIGHTS: 207 S. SPRINGFIELD RD.
Conditions on arrival
   Conditions on arrival
Monday, October 13, 2014 15:39
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At 3:39 pm on Monday, Companies 03 (Clifton Heights), 74 (Primos-Secane), 19 (Lansdowne), 44 (Springfield), and RIT 20 were dispatched to 207 S. Springfield Rd. in Clifton Heights Borough for a working house fire with possible entrapment. First-in units arrived to find a 2-story twin dwelling with the first floor fully involved and fire extending to the second floor, as well as to an exposure home. Police then reported all occupants had escaped the house by jumping from a second floor window, prior to fire department arrival. RIT/Rescue 20 (D/C M. Morgan) set up for the RIT upon arrival as all hands were in service. Just a few minutes after the Rescue's arrival, Command struck the 2nd alarm, which brought in full Company 20, along with Companies 06 (Collingdale #1), 16 (Yeadon), and RIT 43 (Holmes). Ladder 20 (A/C B. Tully) was right out the door and took the rear of the dwelling upon arrival, as the crew headed for the roof and made several cuts to provide ventilation. Engines 20-1, 20-2, and 20-3 also all made the response and were given various assignments upon arrival. The fire was placed under control around the 50 minute mark, with crews continuing to operate for several hours. Company 20 was released from the scene around 5:30 pm, about 2 hours and 51 minutes after being dispatched.

 
AUDIO PART 1 - 207 S. Springfield Rd.

AUDIO PART 2 - 207 S. Springfield Rd.
FIRST DUE BASEMENT FIRE: 320 WINDERMERE AVE.
Saturday, October 11, 2014 12:41
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At 12:41 pm Saturday afternoon, Companies 20, 36 (Cardington-Stonehurst), Ladder 26 (Highland Park), and Medic 103-7 (DCMH), were dispatched to 320 Windermere Ave. for an odor of gas in the dwelling. Upon arrival of 20-9 (Chief Hoban), the homeowner advised the house was now filling with smoke. 20-9 investigated and found heavy smoke in the basement of the large, 3 story single home. The assignment was the upgraded to a working house fire, adding RIT 74 (Primos-Secane). Engine 20-1 (D/C M. Morgan) arrived moments later and stretched an 1 3/4" handline through the rear door of the home and quickly knocked a fire in the basement. Engine 20-2 (A/C B. Tully) arrived and began assisting 20-1's crew, as Squirt 36 and Ladder 26 arrived and began performing searches and ventilation on the upper floors. Ladder 20 also responded and assisted first-in crews with additional ventilation and overhaul. The fire was placed under control by the first 10 minute mark and scaled back to 20-1, 20-2, and Ladder 26 a short time later. The Company was in service for about 1 hour, returning to the Station around 1:40 pm. Traffic 20 and 8th Dist. Fire Police also assisted on the scene.

 
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